COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):Tom Saintfiet appealed for more time to shape the Trinidad & Tobago Soca Warriors into a formidable force following elimination from the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers.An extra-time brace from Andrew Jean-Baptiste upstaged a hat-trick from Shahdon Winchester and saw Haiti continue on the road to the Gold Cup, following a 4-3 victory over T&T on Sunday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in this central Trinidad town.The result followed the Soca Warriors splitting a pair of friendlies with Nicaragua and losing 2-1 in extra time against Suriname in another Gold Cup qualifier.”I had very limited time,” said Saintfiet. “I came here a week before the games started and I had to select a squad, so I was seeing some matches and I was counting on advice.”Many of the top Soca Warriors’ players were not available, due to one reason or another, and Saintfiet said this affected the competitiveness of his side.”We had no FIFA dates and we invited Khaleem Hyland, Jan-Michael Williams, Levi Garcia, John Bostock, Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Cordell Cato and Mekeil Williams (and all of them could not show up),” he said.”We invited a lot of players who were not available for several reasons, not released because of FIFA dates or personally not ready to perform for the team.”There are consequences if you have a lot of good players missing for such important games. On the other side, I saw in these two weeks the boys growing, working very hard and I think even the local people discovered some local players that they never expected to play at this level.”WARRIORS’ PLAYING ASSETSSaintfiet said the matches allowed him to get a better grasp of the depth of the playing assets available to the Soca Warriors.”I have some good experiences of working with the boys, and for sure some of the players proved that in the future they have to be on the squad, but in the four matches in two weeks’ time, I learnt that some people are maybe not yet ready for it,” he said.Saintfiet will now turn his attention in the coming weeks to fine-tuning the side for resumption of World Cup qualification in March, when they are due to face Panama.
Students of the United Methodist University (UMU) are expected to enhance their academic performance through a digital learning center to be established at the school under the Samuel Morris Scholars program, based on a partnership between the UMU and Innovative Education Liberia (IEL), a release from the UMU has said.The IEL, according to the release, is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) with its parent company, Innovative Education International, based in the United States. The Samuel Morris Scholars Program aims to bring critical computer technology-based learning to more than 700 schools over a five-year period as well as provide university students with digital learning resources.In order to make the Samuel Morris Digital Learning Center a reality on the UMU campus, the release said, the representatives of the IEL on June 30 presented 20 laptops with the inscription, “Samuel Morris Scholars Program,” to the Administration of the school as the initial step in introducing technology-based learning experience for students and teachers of the school.Elijah J. Tarpeh, Country Director of the IEL, who made the presentation, said the aim of the IEL is to help Liberian students excel in their academic pursuits, especially their mathematics skills using computer-based learning resources such as Khan Academy, KA-Lite and Gutenberg book, among others.“We are very excited about the enthusiasm being displayed by the UMU Administration to embrace this project in Liberia, which will enormously impact the learning of their students,” Mr. Tarpeh said.The UMU has already identified a space on its Ashmun Street campus for the Samuel Morris Digital Learning Center, which is being refurbished and expected to be opened very soon for the use of students and instructors by next semester.Mr. Tarpeh noted that UMU is one of two universities in the country that has been identified for the pilot phase of the project, which will later expand to other institutions of higher learning in the country.The University of Liberia (UL) is the other institution identified to participate in the pilot phase, according to Mr. Tarpeh. Another IEL official present at the presentation ceremony was Gary Friesen, Director of Educational Innovation.UMU President, Dr. Emmanuel Bailey, who received the laptops, expressed gratitude to the IEL for selecting UMU as its partner in providing digital-based learning experience for students of the school and eventually Liberian students.“We will use these laptops to empower the powerless through education,” he added.He assured the IEL officials that the partnership will not only enhance the academic performance of students, but will also be used as an opportunity to spread the Samuel Morris story in Liberia and his life will be exemplified for others to follow.There ceremony was attended by UMU other officials including Drs. George Weabga, vice president for Research and Institutional Advancement; Yatta Young, Dean of the Masters of Theology Program; and Johnson Gwikolo, V.P. for Fiscal Affairs, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Councillor Ron Persaud has written to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, requesting a retreat of all Councillors to address the growing lack of transparency in financial matters at the Georgetown municipality.Councillor Ron PersaudPersaud, in a letter dated January 24, 2018, said that during the consideration of 2018’s revenue and expenditure, the Finance Committee had difficulty in obtaining information “in a timely and transparent manner.” In this case, he referred to the difficulties Councillors had in accessing the controversial Parking Meter Contract and notes that the information was only made available after several requests and debates.Persaud pointed out in his letter that “The Liability Statement as at December 31, 2017, was only made available after several requests and debates. This statement showed a liability of close to three billion dollars.”“What is worrying to Councillors is that we were asked to consider statements without detailed notes. The unwillingness and sloth displayed by the Administration requires Council to respond deliberately and swiftly,” the letter added.Persaud, a businessman himself, said the liability statement needs to be more detailed since most of the debt was incurred during the tenure of the current Council. He further related that at the commencement of their term, there was a positive bank balance of over $180 million and the liability statements indicates they have expended that.“This statement therefore tells me that we have expended more than around six million dollars per day above all incoming funds. We are now at a point where we have to address how to close the gap and secure more funding to alleviate this backlog. Drastic measures must be taken so that we don’t preside over a failed Council term. My suggestion is we have a retreat of all Councillors with a view to addressing and arresting this situation,” Persaud said.When contacted, Mayor Chase Green indicated that she is just the “political head” of the Council and that Town Clerk Royston King would be responsible for addressing the issue. However, she noted that the report from that meeting and all other meetings, for January, of the Finance Committee is yet to be presented to her.However, efforts to contact King proved futile. City Hall is in the process of fine-tuning their 2018 Budget for presentation at a date to be announced.
The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) is set to launch an investigation into recent allegations made against a popular member of the transgender community.Otis “Otisha” Pearson has come under fire for remarks he made last week regarding “little boys.” Many members of society, taking the term to mean underage boys, turned to social media to bash Otisha. But the transgender personality defended himself by explaining that the term is being taken out of context, and when it was used, it actually meant persons above the age of consent.CCPA Director Ann GreeneIn light of these allegations, the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) has made it clear that it would be investigating the matter. In a telephone interview with the Guyana Times, Agency Director Ms. Ann Greene admitted that the matter has been looked at and a formal investigation will follow soon. Based on the findings of the investigation, the matter will be turned over to the Guyana Police Force, she related.Ms Greene also took the opportunity to touch on the impact that social media blame can have on delicate situations like this one. “There’re too many things in the media (social media) that destroy children, and it has become a circus,” Ms. Greene stated.She explained that public inflation of such issues can have negative impact on victims, and can discourage them from coming forward with their testimonies.Last week, after being locked up for questioning in relation to the murder of Hemchand Dalchand, also known as “Rakesh”, Otisha, in an interview, stated that he has a “little boy for every day of the week.” Initially taken as a joke, the statement quickly became a serious matter when a photo of Otisha and a young man was leaked on social media site Facebook. Many users of the site were of the opinion that the young man was underage, the age of consent in Guyana being 16.Thereafter, this transgender individual, on a “Facebook live” forum, sought to debunk the allegations that were being pedalled against him by stating that the term “little boys” is one he often uses when referring to his colleagues in the transgender community.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Mario Balotelli’s agent says that the Liverpool striker, 24, will not be making a return to Italy. (Daily Mail) Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24, who has been a target of Manchester United is open to a move to the Premier League after recovering from injury. (London Evening Standard) Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are the trio of clubs who now want to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, 25, after Chelsea pulled out of the race. (Metro) Real Madrid are stepping up interest in Liverpool midfield prospect and Spain Under-18 captain Pedro Chirivella, 17, who has been training with the Reds first team this season. (Daily Mail) Dinamo Zagreb have told Arsenal and Tottenham that they will have to spend big if they want to sign their defensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 22. (Daily Star) Former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, 36, will bid to play his way back into a shock comeback for the Trotters when he takes part in a private match on Tuesday. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Man United MUST sign an experienced centre-back in January, claims McGrathExclusive – Chelsea players refusing to get carried away by title talk, says former Blues aceExclusive – Crystal Palace boss Warnock: Half the Premier League are fighting relegation!Exclusive – Man United MUST sign an experienced centre-back in January, claims McGrathGreen light for Arsenal and Man United! Germany star reveals Premier League aspirationsManchester United on alert after Sneijder snubbed by GalatasarayDutch starlet flattered by interest from likes of Manchester UnitedReports – Arsenal set to miss out as Besiktas move for Dinamo Zagreb starBlow for Man United! Juventus star rules out Old Trafford moveMonaco midfielder open to Premier League moveTottenham join Arsenal and Liverpool in chase for Porto sensationPellegrini dismisses Messi to Man City rumours
A JUDGE has adjourned sentencing of a man who punched a 16-year-old girl at a disco.Eoin Friel, from Glenwood Park in Letterkenny, who is now 20, admitted the attack.Letterkenny District Court heard the attack took place outside the Lagoon Bar, Termon, in July 2012. Garda Inspector David Kelly told the court that the victim had reported the incident to Gardai.She had been attending an 18th birthday party at The Lagoon and said she had been assaulted. She said she was slightly intoxicated on the evening and had suffered slight bruising to her face.She also alleged that she had been pushed over a wall after being struck twice in the face.When questioned Friel had cooperated fully with Gardai, said the inspector.The accused had admitted grabbing the girl by the throat but he denied punching her.He said it was he who had been assaulted when the girl walked up to him on the dance floor and had punched him in the head; he said he had only pushed her outside when the row continued.In his statement Friel said: “I had a few pints taken and she (the girl) came shouting at me; she was pure drunk, she started slapping me around the face.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client Friel, a computers student, was 18 at the time of the incident.“There has been nothing further between the parties since this date; Mr Friel is a young man with a career ahead of him. It has been a very traumatic experience for him and his family,” said Mr Gallagher.“He deeply regrets reacting to what happened on the evening and although he had been physically assaulted himself, he decided not to make any complaint.Judge Paul Kelly said however: “It’s a serious matter to assault a young girl, especially one of 16 irrespective of the circumstances.”He adjourned the case until March 10.MAN PUNCHED GIRL (16) AT PUB DISCO was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultLagoon BarLetterkenny Court
The Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, is recovering after surgery.Mass-goers were told today that Dr Boyce, 76, had undergone surgery to have a pacemaker fitted.He was due to attend mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny but parishioners were told he is still recovering after his operation. Best wishes were relayed to the Bishop during the mass.Dr Boyce celebrated his Golden Jubilee Mass in April last.Bishop Boyce was ordained Bishop of Raphoe on October 1, 1995 in St. Eunan’s Cathedral. His previous ministry of three decades was spent in the Carmelite Order in Rome.On January 25th 2015, Bishop Boyce reached the mandatory age of retirement for a bishop which is 75 years. In a statement released by the Raphoe Diocese, Bishop Boyce duly submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. The Pope accepted his resignation, but asked him to continue until a new bishop is appointed.Bishop of Raphoe recovering after surgery was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Donal Kelly, the father of the late Manus Kelly is to be forwarded to take his son’s seat on Donegal County Council.Mr Kelly Snr, a well-known figure in the Glenswilly area, is expected to be nominated at a Fianna Fail party meeting next week.The late Manus Kelly was a hugely popular figure in Donegal due to his rallying and business exploits. There was huge sadness across the county when the father-of-five was killed at the Donegal International Rally in June last.He had just been nominated a month previously to Donegal County Council for the first time.His seat is now expected to be taken by his father Donal.Once forwarded and agreed upon, Mr Kellys Snr is expected to be formally co-opted onto Donegal County Council later this month. Manus Kelly’s father to be nominated for late son’s seat on council was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councilDonal KellyManus KellyNomination
West Bengal and Jharkhand held talks on Wednesday to end the impasse over the Massanjore dam in Dumka but both sides stuck to their stand.West Bengal’s Irrigation Minister Soumen Mahapatra admitted that the meeting was “not fruitful” but added that there is no reason why the State government, which had been maintaining the dam since 1955, cannot paint it the way it likes.“I will get the details of what happened at the meeting from the officials and speak to the Chief Minister in this regard,” he told The Hindu. Controversy over painting the reservoir wall blue and white, the colours of West Bengal, erupted last week when members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, youth wing of the BJP, stopped the painting of the dam located at Dumka in Jharkhand. Since then, a war of words ensued between the leaders of the ruling parties from both the States. Dumka MLA and Jharkhand Minister Louis Marandi warned against painting the dam.